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Translation Assistance => Other language pairs => Ancient Greek->English translation forum => Topic started by: rnolen on 28 Apr, 2005, 21:25:47

Title: περιστάσεις ἄνδρα δεικνύουσιν -> circumstances show the man
Post by: rnolen on 28 Apr, 2005, 21:25:47
I went to a university that had this text on their china's crest, and I was able to translate the first word as "circumstance" and the second word as "man," but I can't find the third word anywhere.

I really appreciate the help! Thank you!
Title: περιστάσεις ἄνδρα δεικνύουσιν -> circumstances show the man
Post by: wings on 28 Apr, 2005, 22:18:59
Hi there.

The third word is ΔΕΙΚΝΥΟΥΣΙΝ  and the meaning is that "situations/circumstances demonstrate/show/indicate/prove what men/each man are/is like".

All the best,

Vicky
Title: περιστάσεις ἄνδρα δεικνύουσιν -> circumstances show the man
Post by: banned8 on 28 Apr, 2005, 23:45:19
What a lovely crest. Wonder which university it belongs to.

I'm actually pretty positive that this imitates an old Greek saying, "ΑΡΧΗ ΑΝΔΡΑ ΔΕΙΚΝΥΣΙ", itself a variation of "ΑΡΧΗ ΑΝΔΡΑ ΔΕΙΞΕΙ" (=rule will show the man) in Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics.
Title: περιστάσεις ἄνδρα δεικνύουσιν -> circumstances show the man
Post by: rnolen on 29 Apr, 2005, 16:51:13
It's Rice University's Baker College. Thanks so much for the help! I've read the Nicomachean Ethics, but never in the original.